A Gurkha Remembers

A lifetime in Asia
by JP Cross

 

Producer | Catriona Oliphant
Music | Buddhiman Gurung

1 CD | Running time 75 mins
£12 plus p&p* | Includes £1 donation per CD to Kulbir Thapa VC Home, Pokhara

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[A Gurkha Remembers] tells the powerful story of a truly unique and selfless life spent in the service of the Crown with latterly John Cross’ much loved surrogate son and family dedicated to the retired servicemen and people of Nepal. I was in Nepal at the end of [2016] for 6 weeks and obviously spent some time with John…listening to the CD brought the recent visit back to life and suddenly John was in the room and chatting away again! I would have absolutely no hesitation in most strongly recommending it to anyone with an interest in Gurkhas or in the East…An excellent and must have CD.
Colonel Mark Dowdle, lately Commander, British Gurkhas Nepal

My involvement with the literary works of John Cross began at the Gurkha Welfare Trust stall at the Royal Tournament in 1971. Anthony Wieler, ex 7GR, arrived with a huge stack of books to sell. They were the newly printed ‘Gurkha, the Legendary Soldier,’ photos by Robin Adshead, text by John Cross. Anthony knew his selling stuff –“Go into the crowd, hand them out. You’ll lose a couple but everyone else will give you a large note and be too embarrassed to wait for the change.” It worked and we sold them all, which was fortunate as that night thieves broke into our GWT storeroom and stole everything, including an irreplaceable collection of colour slides. Something of the strange and unexpected I always associate with John Cross and his tales, even if he’s not there in person.

Since then his writings about and around the Gurkhas and Nepal have continued to inform and amuse on a grand scale. His tally of books has reached twenty, with many more, substantial magazine articles reaching a wide readership. The ‘legendary’ epithet of the title above could now well apply to him as an author and I hope that at the age of 91 he’s not finished writing yet. His latest book, ‘It Happens with Gurkhas,’ is a rich mixture of reminiscence and original thought. You can also see him on YouTube with a Britain Nepal Bicentenary Story, which is colourful, short and funny.

So why buy this CD? For a start you’ll directly help the Kulbir Thapa VC Home in Pokhara with a £1 donation out of your purchase price. Next you’ll thoroughly enjoy a well-ordered, fourteen-part foray through a long life of endeavor, hardship and enterprise which has a happy ending. Then John’s voice you should keep safely in store for its rasping cheer, recalling in turn conflict, tragedy, devotion and hope. His intellect shines through orally even more clearly than in his carefully crafted, written prose.

Catriona Oliphant, also with a 7GR family connection, is to be congratulated on producing this professional testimony to a unique soldier and scholar. John’s adopted family in Pokhara played their part too. You’ll regret it if you don’t order it right now. I’m sure you’ll then guard it carefully alongside other treasures for the future.
John Patchett, ex 10th Gurkha Rifles

It is..so fortunate that you had an opportunity to make the trip to Pokhara to meet John [Cross] and…record his love for both Nepal and the Hill Men…

With the Gurkhas now an integral part of the British Army Order of Battle, it is essential that the public be given an opportunity to hear his story, and this has been made possible by your production. The fascinating contents include his acceptance of a Japanese sword, made directly to JPX from a Japanese officer, when the latter’s unit surrendered in Cochin-China (now known as Vietnam).

This CD should be made compulsory listening for all British officers currently serving in the Brigade. Retired officers, many who probably know JPX, should also be made aware of the CD, and I suggest that the latter should also be offered by both our Kukri Journal and all Regimental Journals.
Peter Quantrill, ex 7th Gurkha Rifles

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